“Lagos Stories”, an episode of My Country Nigeria, a three-part documentary on Nigeria produced by Funmi Iyanda and Chris Dada and aired on the BBC was nominated in the News Competition of the 51st Monte Carlo Television Festival in the category Best News Documentary. It was nominated alongside works from renowned broadcasters such as U.S. network HBO, France’s Arte and Germany’s Zdf. Past recipients of the festival awards include multi award winning televisions dramas Mad Men and Lost.
The Monte Carlo Television Festival Award ceremony took place on June 10th 2011 in Monaco and was hosted by HRH Prince Albert II of Monaco.
With Lagos Stories Funmi Iyanda takes viewers on an insiders’ tour of the vibrant city – from the exclusive salons to the urban ghetto of AJ City, she meets characters from all walks of life revealing the resilience, resourcefulness and spirit of Lagosians. Enter Governor Fashola charged with the herculean task of organizing Lagos; Charly Boy, the cult hero spokesman for outcast bikers and the influential AJ City ghetto artists creating the musical styles and dances that spread over the entire continent.
The Lagos Stories’ team’s attendance at the festival was supported by the Lagos State Government Ministry of Tourism.
Lagos Stories was broadcast in October 2010 on BBC World in as part of the “My Country Nigeria” series commemorating Nigeria’s 50th year of Independence and is an Ignite Media and Spark UK production.
Funmi Iyanda & Fellow Award Nominee Felicity Huffman
Funmi Iyanda and William Macy
Mr. Ilemakin Soyinka Director, Lagos State Film Office, Chris Dada, Funmi Iyanda, Mr. Ashamu Fadipe Permanent Secretary Lagos State Ministry of Tourism, Mr. Dapo Awobotu Executive Secretary, Lagos State Government Film & Video Censors Board
Funmi Iyanda Producer Lagos Stories, Chris Dada